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Born Yesterday

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1993
  • Luis Mandoki
  • 96 mins
  • PG

Summary

Comedy starring Melanie Griffith, John Goodman and Don Johnson. After his girlfriend Billie Dawn embarrasses him at an important social function in Washington DC, millionaire businessman Harry Brock hires a journalist to educate and tutor her. But it is Harry who learns the hardest lesson when Billie puts her newly acquired skills to the test.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

It's a brave man who tampers with a classic and Luis Mandoki's remake of George Cukor's Oscar-winning charmer predictably brought howls of protest. However, if you can put the original to the back of your mind, this makes for an amiable, easy-going journey. Stepping into Judy Holliday's shoes, Melanie Griffith plays the sassy, deceptively smart girlfriend of rich businessman John Goodman. He wants her smartened up for Washington, so he hires jaded journalist Don Johnson to give her a crash course in etiquette. It was intended as a vehicle for the then-married Johnson and Griffith, and they are the main problem: the former Miami Vice man looks uncomfortable with light comedy, while Griffith lacks Holliday's razor-sharp comic timing. However, John Goodman, as always, is a delight and Mandoki, best known for dramas such as White Palace and When a Man Loves a Woman, keeps the proceedings bubbling along.

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Credits

Cast

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Billie DawnMelanie Griffith
Harry BrockJohn Goodman
Paul VerrallDon Johnson
Ed DeveryEdward Herrmann
JJMax Perlich
PhilippeMichael Ensign
Secretary DuffeeBenjamin C Bradlee
Beatrice DuffeeSally Quinn
Senator KelleyWilliam Frankfather
Senator HedgesFred Dalton Thompson

Crew

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DirectorLuis Mandoki

Details

Released on
1993-06-18
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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